Category: COVID 19

COVID 19 admin November 2, 2021

Iran’s foreign minister tests positive for COVID-19

His general condition is good and he continues working from quarantine," Saeed Khatibzadeh told state media late on Monday, adding that the minister's agenda of visits had changed. Earlier on Monday, the foreign ministry reported that Amirabdollahian was going to India by the end of November to attend a meeting at the Indo-Iranian Joint Economic Commission. His general condition is good and he continues working from quarantine," Saeed Khatibzadeh told state media late on Monday, adding that the minister's agenda of visits had changed. Earlier on Monday, the foreign ministry reported that Amirabdollahian was going to India by the end

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COVID 19 admin November 2, 2021

Bahrain approves Pfizer COVID vaccine for children aged 5-11

A syringe and vial are seen in front of a displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken Jun 24, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic Gulf state Bahrain has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use for children aged between 5 and 11 years, the government media office said on Tuesday. The decision came after a study involving 3,100 children aged between 5 and 11 who were administered with the vaccine found it to be 90.7% effective in that age group, said the statement, citing the National Health Regulatory Authority. A syringe and vial are seen in front of a displayed Pfizer

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Bangladesh admin November 2, 2021

Bangladesh logs 3 virus deaths, 229 cases in a day

The COVID-19 caseload rose to 1,569,982 as 229 people tested positive for the disease in the 24 hours to 8 am on Tuesday, according to the latest government data. The Dhaka Division logged two fatalities, while Chattogram recorded one. Dhaka also counted 156 infections. Nationwide, another 211 people recovered from the illness, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,533,836.

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COVID 19 admin November 1, 2021

Delta ‘Plus’ Covid variant may be more transmissible

A new mutated form of coronavirus that some are calling "Delta Plus" may spread more easily than regular Delta, UK experts now say. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has moved it up into the "variant under investigation" category, to reflect this possible risk. There is no evidence yet that it causes worse illness.   And scientists are confident that existing vaccines should still work well to protect people. Although regular Delta still accounts for most Covid infections in the UK, cases of "Delta Plus" or AY.4.2 have been increasing. Latest official data suggests 6% of Covid cases are of

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COVID 19 admin November 1, 2021

Moderna reports ‘robust’ Covid vaccine response in children aged 6-11

Neighbouring South Africa earlier this week said it would not approve Sputnik V due to concerns it could increase the risk of HIV infection among men. Namibia had taken delivery of a Serbian donation of 30,000 Sputnik doses -- out of which less than 120 have been administered so far.   South Africa's health products regulator on Monday said it would not authorise use of Sputnik based on earlier studies testing the safety of a modified form of adenovirus -- a type of virus that causes respiratory infections -- known as the Ad5 and contained in the Russian jab.

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COVID 19 admin November 1, 2021

Cheap antidepressant shows promise treating early COVID-19

A cheap antidepressant reduced the need for hospitalization among high-risk adults with COVID-19, according to results of a study hunting for existing drugs that could be repurposed to treat the pandemic disease. Researchers tested the pill used for depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder because it was known to reduce inflammation and looked promising in smaller studies. The medicine, called fluvoxamine, would cost $4 for a course of COVID-19 treatment. By comparison, antibody treatments administered intravenously cost about $2,000, and Merck’s experimental antiviral pill for COVID-19, called molnupiravir, is about $700 per course.   The trial of fluvoxamine was part of a

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